I started the pencil drawing on the 18th of September 2021.
I returned the next day on the 19th of September and added a little color in the sky.
I returned again September 26th. It had been raining in between sessions and the landscape became more beautiful.
I finished on October 14th. Here is my presentation of the painting. I have already put it in my virtual Art Gallery.
It was a lot of fun painting the Crystal Palace. I met a lot of nice people.
The Crystal Palace was granted World Heritage on the 25th of July 2021.
Thank you for reading my little story,
As I said before, I was stopped in my tracks in March 2020, unable to finish this painting of Plaza Conde de Barajas. I decided to leave it unfinished.
I started painting again in August of 2020 and continued all through 2021.
I’d like to thank everybody for taking these pictures and sending them to me.
As you can see in the photos, there were not a lot of people out and about. It was weird to see Madrid so empty.
I returned to Plaza Conde de Barajas to make a watercolor in the spring of 2021.
This story wouldn’t be complete without mentioning my student who was with me in almost every outdoor painting adventure rain or shine. It was a lot of fun!
I am sharing a 3 minute video of some of my watercolors during this strange period and I invite you to see it here.
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I just added this watercolor to my Art Shop. You can see it there if you click here.
Retiro Park here in Madrid, Spain really is beautiful and special. Little did I know, a year after painting this watercolor, Paseo de las Estatuas would be granted world heritage status by UNESCO.
I took this picture on a cloudy day. I find that cloudy days are good to take photos of my artwork. I can capture the true colors with my camera. My hand also serves as a size reference.
Thank you for looking at my artwork. Have a lovely day, Victoria
I made this watercolor of Plaza del Parterre in the early morning of August 2020. I got to my painting spot at 7:30 in the morning. The morning light was glorious. We had been confined in our houses the whole spring. In the month of August we were ‘allowed’ to go out if we were working. I considered myself to be working because I was painting with my student.
It was still somewhat dark outside because it was early morning.
A starling came by to visit a few times during the morning.
Here it is in natural daylight.
The Plein Air watercolor served me to make this studio painting later.
I am so happy to say Plaza del Parterre was granted World Heritage status July 25th, 2021 by UNESCO. The Spanish collection is called Paisaje de la Luz, in English it’s Landscape of Light.
Thank you for reading my little story. Enjoy your day, Victoria
When you purchase a print from me, I can buy more paint, more brushes and it boosts my morale 🙂 Thanks again, Victoria
We had a really cold winter in Madrid in 2020, so this is one of the interiors that I painted to get out of the cold.
There wasn’t anybody in the building except for the workers and us two that were painting. All the comfy sofas had been taken out.
The usual people who hang out in this building were not here because there was nothing to see, nothing to do and nowhere to sit.
This is what this beautiful building looks like on the outside. Thank you for reading my little story.
I have a lot of fun painting the Crystal Palace. I paint it often. In July it was granted World Heritage status. I am really happy about that.
This is a small format. Small format is great because I can finish in one session.
Here is my set up. I got this picture thanks to someone who sent me the picture. Thank you Javier!
I try to paint in the shade, since I am standing in the same spot for three or four hours. It’s either shade or wear a hat. I brushed off a few spiders from my shoulder that were dropping down from the shady tree.
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This painting is called Fuente del Ángel Caído. I painted it on site in August, a verrrrry hot month here in Madrid, haha.
Here you can see the statue in the background. I also have a short clip here if you click on ‘clip‘.
This unique statue, created by Ricardo Bellver is incredibly beautiful. It represents the moment that Lucifer falls from heaven as described by John Milton in the first pages of his epic, Paradise Lost. The statue has been granted World Heritage status by UNESCO in July 2021.
Here is a shot of the painting on site, when I finished. If you come to Madrid, don’t forget to visit the Glorieta del Ángel Caído. Thank you for reading my short story. Enjoy your day, Victoria
Pinto en el Parque del Buen Retiro a menudo. Uno de mis edificios favoritos es el Palacio de Cristal. Lo he pintado muchas veces porque se ve diferente durante todo el año. El Palacio de Cristal fue declarado Patrimonio de la Humanidad por la UNESCO el 25 de Julio 2021. Volví a pintar este hermoso Palacio de Cristal en Agosto de 2021.
Mientras estaba pintando, alguien me dijo que se vería hermoso si lo dejaba los cantos sin terminar. De hecho, dos personas me dijeron eso el mismo día.
La selección del Parque del Buen Retiro y el Paseo del Prado, patrimonio de la humanidad, se llama Paisaje de la Luz, por lo que el borde blanco que se deja sin pintar sirve como un halo de luz. Es muy apropiado y una buena idea para la serie que estoy pintando con el mismo nombre. Estoy feliz de haberlas escuchado.
Palacio de Cristal, el primer cuadro de la serie, Paisaje de la Luz, está en muy buenas manos.
Ya está en la pared junto a una gran obra de arte. Hoy mi cuadro tiene casa. Gracias por apoyar las artes.
Y ya tiene marco blanco con paspartú. Me encanta! Victoria